Anwar needs to respect legal processes, Palace says

Istana Negara says the Opposition leader failed to present a name list of MPs who supported his bid to form new govt

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by ARIF KARTONO

THE Palace has advised Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (picture) to abide by and respect the legal processes under the Federal Constitution following a royal audience at the Palace yesterday morning.

According to a statement by Istana Negara, Anwar had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah for 25 minutes.

However, he failed to present a name list of MPs who he claimed supported him to form a new government.

Instead, Anwar presented the number of MPs claimed as supporting him without a name list to substantiate his claim, Istana Negara said.

“Hence, Al-Sultan Abdullah has advised Datuk Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim to abide by and respect the legal processes as enshrined in the Federal Constitution,” Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in the same statement.

Following the royal audience with the Agong, Anwar held a press conference at the Le Meridien Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, where he said he had presented his claim of “formidable and convincing” majority support of over 120 MPs through valid documentations including statutory declarations and documents of confirmation by party leaders.

He said the Agong will study his claim and is set to consult party leaders, possibly in the next one or two days to verify and gain input over the matter.

As it is, the matter remains indefinite as the Agong will act by the Federal Constitution and at his discretion.

“He (the Agong) will consult the other party leaders, therefore, he should be given time and we are not pressing him for any prompt decision,” Anwar said.

The Port Dickson MP insisted that Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s government has collapsed.

“I appeal to Malaysians to exercise patience and wisdom and allow the King to digest, decide based on the spirit of the Constitution and the discretion of his Highness.

“Meanwhile, we must also remember that PM Muhyiddin has lost his majority and therefore would be appropriate for him to resign.”

Anwar said the government that he is proposing is inclusive, with no personal political vendetta against anyone and the most important thing is that it is committed to institutional reform, judicial independence and rule of law.

“No question about cutting deals with individuals as alleged by some quarters. It is completely irrelevant and irresponsible,” Anwar said when asked if he made deals which included MPs who have been criminally charged.

The Opposition leader also said the matter on the general election was not raised during his audience with the Agong.

Anwar was first scheduled for a royal audience on Sept 22. It was postponed to yesterday as the Agong underwent treatment at the National Heart Institute from Sept 21 until Oct 3.

In the statement, the Agong called for the people regardless of race, religion and political ideology to unite in fighting against the Covid-19 for the safety and wellbeing of the country.

Separately, former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad denied that he is supportive of any individual to become the PM.

Dr Mahathir said he and his members in the Parti Pejuang Tanah Air are not involved with anyone’s attempt to helm the premiership.

“I was informed that I am supporting a candidate who wishes to be the PM. I would like to clarify that I have never given any support to anyone to become the PM,” he said in a video posted on his social media accounts.

“I, with my new party, have nothing to do with any other parties or individuals who have the ambition to go after positions.

“I hope there will be no more attempt (to claim) that I have supported anyone. There is no support (from me),” Dr Mahathir added.